Classics and Modern Languages at Magdalen

Classics and Modern Languages make a natural pair. Greek and Latin literature play an important role in modern literatures in all European languages; the languages themselves can be usefully studied side by side; and the skills you will learn on the two sides of the degree are related too.

The degree combines one modern language (see the University admissions pages for a list) with either Greek or Latin or both. You do not need to have either Greek or Latin to apply, but you will normally be taking A level or equivalent in your chosen modern language (certain modern languages can also be studied ab initio here in Oxford). There are various paths through the degree. If you arrive with either Greek or Latin, the degree will take four years or five years, including a year abroad, depending on which path you choose. If you arrive without either Greek or Latin, it will take five years, again including a year abroad. Throughout, your time will be split more or less equally between the Classics and the Modern Languages side of the degree, with some of the options spanning both sides. The focus is on literature and language, but there is also the option to study some history and philosophy.

In most years, Magdalen admits one candidate for Classics and Modern Languages, but we are flexible.

You will find further relevant information on the Classics and the Modern Languages pages.